The Master discusses with his disciples and unveil his preoccupations with society. Tr. Legge (en), Lau (en) and Couvreur (fr).
The virtue of the ancients seen in their slowness to speak.
The Master said, "The reason why the ancients did not readily give utterance to their words, was that they feared lest their actions should not come up to them."
The Master said, 'In antiquity men were loath to speak. This was because they counted it shameful if their person failed to keep up with their words.'
Le Maître dit : « Les Anciens n'osaient pas émettre de maximes ; ils craignaient que leurs actions ne répondissent pas à leurs paroles. »
The Analects of Confucius – Lun Yu IV. 22. (88) – Chinese on/off – Français/English
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